Dear TAPinto Nutley Editor,

As with any election, choosing the best candidate can be challenging due to the amount of misinformation the public is exposed to daily. This is especially true as we depend on the accuracy of the internet to supply all the facts and figures needed to make these significant choices. 

Taking this into consideration, I thought I would offer the community a little insight into one of Nutley’s Board of Education incumbents: Sal Balsamo.

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I'm hoping to provide residents with a better understanding of Sal’s character and what he stands for personally. Growing up in Nutley, my husband and I feel a level of comfort raising our three children in a town surrounded by friendly faces. Graduating a year before our class and someone we have known for over twenty-five years, Sal is one of those welcoming faces and a dependable friend.

Knowing my husband’s hectic schedule, working in the restaurant business, Sal was always ready with a shovel on snowy days to help a neighbor in need. What does this act of kindness have to do with being a capable board of education member?! It demonstrates that Sal is always thinking about the best interest of his friends and family, which translates into his role as a BOE member.

In addition to his ethical values, Sal is a teacher, devoted father and a current dedicated member of the Nutley BOE. He is an asset to Nutley’s educational system as he pushes to improve the safety, function and structure of our schools. 

Being a fourth generation Nutley resident, I care about the long-term stability of our educational system. I feel confident that having Sal on the board ensures that the best decisions will continue to be made.

I had the pleasure of getting to know two additional candidates, Debbie Russo and Ryan Kline during a TAPinto Nutley forum. I’m happy to support their candidacy as they reflect the same ideas and objectives that Sal represents.

As a community, I know we have different pathways of reaching our goals but at the end of the day we all want the same things. Ultimately, we want our children to flourish in a safe, learning environment. With the right people on the board, I believe our community can achieve these goals.

So, on Election Day I will be voting and supporting 4, 5 & 6! Get out there and vote!

Crista Esposito-Knott and Jamie Knott